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I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies, Book 1) Hardcover – August 3, 2010
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Will Hill's new thrilling trilogy kicks off with Department Nineteen. Recently he was able to ask some questions of the mysterious Pittacus Lore. Read the resulting Amazon-exclusive interview below, or turn the tables to see what happened when Pittacus interviewed Will.
Will: Number Four is told to blend in but he finds this a difficult task. Being a mysterious figure yourself, has this ever happened to you?
Pittacus: I have always taken great care to conceal my identity. I change my appearance regularly. I do not speak or correspond with many people. No one has ever suspected me of being what I am, which is an alien military leader with superpowers. If anyone ever does, it will be a bad day for me.
Will: Why is now the time to write the unknown history of the planet Lorien and the Nine? What do you think the people of Earth can learn from the Lorien Legacies?
Pittacus: We are in the middle of a war to save the remaining Lorien, and to save earth. We thought the people of earth might want to know about it. I hope humanity does not make the same mistake we did on our planet, which was to be unprepared the day war arrived on a grand scale.
Will: Who do you think would win in a fight, Dracula or a Mogadorian?
Pittacus: Dracula wouldn’t stand a chance. If he tried to drink Mogadorian blood he’d poison himself. It’s would be like drinking battery acid.
Will: Number Four has his legacies as his best weapon. Do you think John could be an agent of Department Nineteen?
Pittacus: Once we have vanquished the Mogadorians, maybe that is what he will become. He certainly has some mad skills.
Will: Sarah in I Am Number Four is in love with an alien. Jamie in Department Nineteen is falling for a vampire named Larissa. What makes young love just so difficult? Do you think these crazy kids/vampires/aliens will ever make it work?
Pittacus: Love is a beautiful and confusing thing. I hope they all live happily ever after.
Will: I Am Number Four has made the perfect action sci-fi movie. What has it been like to see this come to life on the big screen?
Pittacus: It’s been thrilling and fun and very cool. We’re hoping to see all six of the books become films.
Will: What can we expect in The Power of Six?
Pittacus: Six is a powerful young woman. Mogadorians fear her. In The Power of Six, we see why.
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Top Customer Reviews
The high stakes premise goes like this: Nine alien children have fled their annihilated homeworld of Lorien and have sought refuge on Earth. Having scattered to the winds, they are being hunted down, one by one, by a separate and malevolent extraterrestrial race from a dying planet. Thanks to a quasi-mystical protective charm placed on the Nine, they can only be killed in order (although, my bet is that Number One doesn't regard this charm as all that "protective"). As the book opens, three of the Nine have already been tracked down and murdered. So we come to Number Four.
His name used to be Daniel Jones. It used to be something else before that, and then something else before that, and so on. Ten years on Earth, ten years of hiding and staying always on the move and staying safe and alive... this is the life of Number Four and his guardian and mentor whose name is Henri (oddly, Henri's alien accent sounds very much like a French accent). Number Four has just collected a new scar circling his right ankle, this an indicator that another of the Nine has been recently slain. Three scarred rings around his ankle, and so Number Four knows he's next. And it's time to pack up the bags again, time again to get the eff out of Dodge.Read more ›
Before I wrestle those demons, I want to start straight off and say that I saw the movie first. I had heard about the book from a few friends and wasn't interested. But, the movie previews looked reasonably enjoyable. I like action, explosions and super powers. Frankly, I was expecting two hours of mind numbing violence and cool chase scenes.
That's pretty much what it was. I liked the movie, despite it's abysmal reviews. It reminded me a bit of Xmen and a lot of Smallville. That's a promising mix. There's some romance, but it's very light if not perfectly easy to ignore... which... is definitely a fault in its own right, but take it for what it is. After watching it, I decided to get the book. I could see potential, and since Hollywood is not often kind to YA book adaptations I gave the original the benefit of the doubt. I wanted a little more depth to the story and figured it would expand much further in text. I found the book on sale and took a leap of faith with my wallet instead of checking it out from the library. A red flag went off when I opened it and saw the page layout. The page numbers will tell you 440. I cannot describe how misleading this is unless you personally open the book and look at the margins. They are big enough to drive a whaling ship through them. Condensed, it probably would not push 250 pages. But, like I said, leap of faith and all.
Welcome to my demons.
This book is written by two different people and wow can you tell. The problem is that one writer is better than the other. Some of the chapters are so dry and brittle that I caught myself staring at the wall instead of reading.Read more ›
So recommendations for teen boys often meant I would recommend The Hunger Games. Unfortunately many guys aren't too keen on reading a book in which the main character is a girl, no matter how good the story is. So after going through the other 5 or 6 good teen guy books I could think of I would often recommend a book in the general fiction and literature section, but parents often fear that their children will encounter questionable subject matter. Which they may, but they should also remember many of the books their children read in school are found in the fiction and literature not the teen section.
I found "I am Number Four" to be a great action adventure, that followed the traditional hero archetype. The main character, number Four or John Smith, is as relatable as a alien teenager on the run can be. The surrounding cast of characters rounds out this alien boys average existence, Henri, his alien guardian/father figure, Sam, his nerdy best friend, Sarah, his crush, and Mark, a bully and Sarah's ex. The story is a super power driven action packed adventure, filled with all the tender feelings and angst that a every teenager has.
It was a quick read. I got through it in about a day and a half. I would recommend this book for anyone over the age of 13.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've read this in the past and really enjoyed the storyline, but I recently bought this for my 12 year old nephew who not only inhaled the book, but bought the next two in the... Read morePublished 2 days ago by MareDoe
Chuffed and I am n roll over a lot more than one of people are going on the year of a lot to mind that you youtube and I am looking forward for mine is the year of a good idea to... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Dalena Ryskoski
I saw the movie before reading the book, and (as always) the book is 1000 times better than the movie! Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amanda Rogers
JOINT PARENT/KID REVIEW
I Am Number Four is about one of nine members of an alien species (Loriens) who is being chased by another alien species (Mogadorians) who want... Read more
Like it a lot. One of the better books that i read in last time. Will continue with this seriesPublished 9 days ago
Great epic alien battle of good vs evil mixed with teenage angst/love story. I'm curious to see how the series ends and meet the other characters.Published 16 days ago by Stephanie J.
This series has all the action of a superhero-like comic, but in story form. The story is about a group of alien children sent to our Earth as a last-ditch effort by their elders... Read morePublished 16 days ago by miskiss
... if the zombie apocalypse is coming and you've promised yourself you will only burn your BAD books.
Badly written. Puerile premise. Read more
I watched the movie prior to reading the book and lime both versions. I am excited to read the next book in the series.Published 17 days ago by Hank